Ryan Shazier, the Steelers linebacker took to Twitter after he appeared to suffer a severe injury in a recent game against the Bengals.
He wrote, “Thank you for the prayers,” the tweet reads. “Your support is uplifting to me and my family. #SHALIEVE” The hashtag began to be used by a number of other NFL players as well as fans who took to their own social media pages in order to show their solidarity with the injured player.
Shazier was injured in the first quarter of the game that saw Pittsburgh prevailing over the Bengals, 23-20. Shazier attempted to tackle the Bengals receiver, Josh Malone, making contact with his head in a bizarre arrangement that followed with him immediately falling limp.
He seemed to reach towards his back as he fell, but wasn’t moving from the waist down after his unnatural fall to the ground.
Shazier was then rushed to the emergency room at University of Cincinnati Trauma Center, which provides Level I trauma care. Shazier’s initial diagnosis was that of a spinal contusion, which the Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert, shared in a public statement that he posted on Twitter.
Spinal contusions are not unheard of among linebackers, according to statistics from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Both DeVonte Holloman, who was a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, and Jameel McClain, who played for the New York Giants sustained spinal contusions during games. Both have since retired from the NFL.
A spinal contusion is essentially a serious bruise on or near the spinal cord. However, unlike regular bruises, its proximity to the spine that makes it particularly dangerous.
As blood rushes to the broken capillaries in the injured area, it can cause a large amount of swelling, which then compresses the delicate nerves of the spinal column.
The AANS explains that the injury could impede “the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function below the level of injury.”
As of this time, Shazier doesn’t seem to require surgery, and he is regaining mobility in his lower limbs.
Where Is the Cast of ‘Mad Men’ Today?
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Jon Hamm won a Golden Globe award — as well as a well-deserved Emmy — for playing the part of Don Draper, the lead antagonist in Mad Men. Playing this hard-working, hard-drinking man with a shadowy past turned out to be a breakthrough part for Jon. Displaying a superior understanding of people’s desires, Don Draper is soon appointed to creative director at the advertising company, Sterling Cooper, the agency Mad Men is based around. He marries twice over the course of the series and has countless affairs.
Jon Hamm – Now
Unlike show-life, however, Jon remained committed to just one woman throughout filming, although unfortunately that also ended in 2015 along with the show. He is now rumored to be seeing actress Anna Osceola, who appeared in the show’s season finale. Jon Hamm has gone on to appear in numerous roles in both TV and film including Tag and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The large number of diverse roles he’s landed and taken on has given him the opportunity to show a real talent for acting.
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen
We watch Peggy Olsen rise through the ranks at the advertising firm as the seasons unfold, from secretary to copywriter, and beyond. Her romantic ties with Mad Men Pete Campbell result in an unplanned and (very) unexpected pregnancy. If you weren’t already hooked on Mad Men by the close of season two, then Peggy finding out she was pregnant — while in labor — would certainly seal the deal! However, she later gives up her child for adoption and her career goes from strength to strength.
Elisabeth Moss – Now
Like her character’s career in advertising, Elisabeth Moss’s acting career has also gone from strength to strength. She started out on West Wing in the early ’90s before continuing on to Mad Men. She then went straight to yet another award-winning show — A Handmaid’s Tale. With all of that experience, we think it’s safe to say that Elisabeth Moss is on a winning roll! And it’s not just TV shows. You can also find Elisabeth in movies and theater as well as behind-the-scenes, as she recently launched her own production company, Love & Squalor Pictures. Look out for her in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, coming soon.
Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
Vincent Kartheiser played the young and ambitious account exec, Pete Campbell. Born into a wealthy and privileged background, Pete was ruthless when it came to achieving success in the advertising world and even tried blackmailing the show’s lead at one point. Luckily for Don, the plan falls through and they later come to respect each other, albeit grudgingly. Pete is married to Trudy until the sixth season, when she leaves him after one of his numerous affairs, only to reunite at the end of the series.
Vincent Kartheiser – Now
Vincent married in real life in 2014 to actress Alexis Bledel, the year before Mad Men’s final season aired. He’s appeared in several movies since then, acting alongside the likes of Donald Sutherland in American Hangman, as well as Liam Hemsworth and Kurt Russell in Crypto. Vincent has also appeared in several more successful TV shows since Mad Men including Inside Amy Schumer, Das Boot, and Law and Order. If you’re wondering why you don’t see more of him, it’s because he prefers simple living, normally avoiding the typical Hollywood lifestyle.
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris (nee Hollaway)
Christina Hendricks received critical acclaim for her role as Joan Harris — the beautiful and assertive office manager of Sterling Cooper — in Mad Men. Her character has a long-term affair with Roger Sterling, before marrying Dr. Greg Harris by season three. After convincing her to leave the job she loves, Greg’s surgical career takes a dive so he ends up joining the army and touring Vietnam. Joan winds up pregnant by her previous lover, Roger, and later, sleeps with a client to win partnership in the firm.
Christina Hendricks – Now
Since Mad Men finished, Hendricks starred in the comedy series, Another Period, for one year. She has also appeared in various movies including her second Nicholas Winding Refn movie — The Neon Demon — as well as lending her voice to a character in Toy Story 4. Now aged 45 (and stunning as ever), Hendrix is certainly keeping herself busy, which is great news for fans. You can currently catch her starring in the crime drama Tin Star, which she’s had a leading role in since 2017. You can also watch her on NBC’s Good Girls, a series she’s been starring in since 2018.
John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Roger Sterling is another notorious womanizer at Sterling Cooper — ya know, before two heart attacks force him to reassess his behavior and end his long-term affair with Christina Hendricks’ character, Joan Holloway. Still, the romantic tension between the two lingers for many seasons longer. Besides having three different wives across the seven seasons of Mad Men, Roger Sterling goes on to found Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce later in the series, although the Sterling in the original Sterling Cooper was actually named after his father.
John Slattery – Now
Shortly before the conclusion of Mad Men, John Slattery directed his first feature film, God’s Pocket (2014). He also went on to direct three episodes of Judd Apatow’s romantic comedy series, Love, from 2016 to 2017. What you may have not known, though, is that Slattery even appeared on Broadway during this time. He certainly hasn’t been short of any acting work since then either, even playing Tony Stark’s father, Howard, in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. You have also seen him in popular TV shows such as Veep, Mrs. America, neXt, and The Romanoffs among many others.
Aaron Staton as Kenneth “Ken” Cosgrove
Aaron Staton plays the young account executive turned Account Director, Ken Cosgrove, who gets promoted ahead of his colleague Pete Campbell in season three. However, it’s Campbell that gets chosen over Ken, when it comes to being invited to join the new SCDP Agency. His easy-going character is also an aspiring author, who secretly writes science fiction short stories for the entirety of his advertising career at Sterling Cooper. In a twist of events, Aaron’s character winds up working at Dow Chemical and actually becoming a client of SCDP.
Aaron Staton – Now
Like his character, Aaron Staton is also a writer. He’s been married to his wife, Connie Fletcher, since 2006 and they have one child together. Besides Mad Men, he’s best known for portraying Cole Phelps in a video game called L.A. Noire. Since the wrap of Mad Men, Aaron has mostly been busying himself with a variety of TV work. Including appearing in nine episodes of Ray Donovan, 12 episodes of Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, seven episodes of Castle Rock, and 10 episodes of Narcos: Mexico.
Jessica Pare as Megan Draper (nee Calvet)
Jessica Pare plays receptionist at SCDP, Megan Calvet, throughout season four before becoming a more substantial character in seasons five through seven. These subsequent seasons follow her journey from starting out as a secretary to becoming Don Draper’s second wife. French-Canadian Megan dreams of pursuing an acting career, which Don helps her with by landing her a spot in a commercial in season five. She stands up for herself a lot more than Betty ever did and eventually leaves Don in the final season to relocate to L.A.
Jessica Pare – Now
Jessica Pare had already been declared the Canadian film industry’s “it girl,” one of People Magazine’s “25 Most Beautiful People of 2012,” and made her Hollywood debut in 2004 film, Wicker Park — all in the decade before landing her Mad Men acting gig. Since 2015, she has appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows. Most notably playing the lead role of Officer Amanda “Mandy” Ellis in the American military action drama show, SEAL Team, since 2017. She is also married with a five-year-old son.
Rich Sommer as Harold “Harry” Crane
Rich Sommer’s character has a pretty wild ride, as the advertising agency and industry start to affect and change him. Unlike most of the other men on the show, the well-meaning Harry Crane starts off the series as a dedicated husband and father. However, it’s not long before this head of the TV department becomes more image-conscious, boastful, and confrontational. As the series progresses, you get to watch his poor decisions increase in frequency and severity, culminating in an indecent proposition to Don’s wife, Megan.
Rich Sommer – Now
Rich Sommer is a successful actor that has worked on a vast number of projects, before, during, and since Mad Men. Fans can catch him on popular TV shows such as GLOW and Run, and should check out his leading role in CW’s In the Dark. He’s appeared on stage, in video games, in eight movies, and in a total of 14 TV shows since filming for Mad Men finished. He also hosts his own podcast called CARDBOARD. Sommer lives in L.A. with his wife of 15 years and their two children.
Michael Gladis as Paul Kinsey
Michael Gladis played the pipe-smoking, bearded, big-mouth, Paul Kinsey, who was a regular in Mad Men for the first three seasons. We quickly learn of a previous relationship between him and Joan Holloway, which ended because he talked about it too much. His highly competitive nature has cost him a lot of friends but he prides himself on his liberal views and dates African-American Sheila White through most of the second season. Paul Kinsey reappears in season five as a disciple of the Krishna Consciousness.
Michael Gladis – Now
Since Mad Men, Michael Gladis has appeared in two movies including the science fiction action movie, Terminator Genisys, with Arnold Schwarzenneger. He’s also appeared in TV shows, House of Lies, Lucifer, Feed the Beast, and Criminal Minds. He also plays the lead role in a new American dark fantasy series called Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime’s spin-off to Penny Dreadful), which premiered earlier this year in April. In 2018, Gladis also got married to 2 Broke Girls star, Beth Behrs.
January Jones as Betty Francis/Draper
For the first three seasons of Mad Men, Betty Francis — better known as Betty Draper — is Don’s long-suffering wife and mother of their three children, Sally, Bobby, and Eugene Scott. Season four kicks off with Betty having left Don and getting married to Henry Francis. Her bad luck doesn’t end there, however, as later in the series she is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. January’s riveting performance as Betty resulted in her being nominated for no less than two Golden Globe awards for Best Actress and one Emmy award.
January Jones – Now
Following the completion of Mad Men, January Jones landed herself the lead role in the Netflix comedy show, The Last Man on Earth, which consisted of 63 episodes aired between 2015 and 2018. She also appeared in three episodes of the Netflix comedy, The Politician. Aside from holding down a successful acting career, January Jones is a full-time mother to her nine-year-old son and — despite her relatively small stature (5”6) — has also been a successful model, appearing on the covers of countless international fashion magazines.
Bryan Batt as Salvatore “Sal” Romano
Another Mad Men regular from seasons one through three, Bryan Batt plays Italian-American Art Director, Sal Romano. Sal is a repressed and closeted gay man who secretly harbors a crush for Ken Cosgrove, despite being married to the seemingly oblivious Kitty since 1962. Towards the end of season three, Sal is seen rejecting a big client’s playboy-son, which results in being fired by Roger Sterling at the demand of the angry client. Sal’s struggle with his orientation is shown in a stark (albeit brief) contrast to modern social attitudes.
Bryan Batt – Now
Bryan Batt married his long-term life partner, Tom Cianfichi, in September 2014. Together they own a beautiful home decor and furnishings store in New Orleans, which is located on Magazine Street and is called Hazelnut. Although much of Batt’s previous career was spent on stage, on and off Broadway, he can mostly be seen these days working in the movie business — with 17 movies under his belt since 2015. Good Samaritan, American Reject, and Night Teeth are all still in post-production.
Robert Morse as Bertrum “Bert” Cooper
Robert Morse is seen playing Bert Cooper semi-frequently in the first two seasons, but more regularly throughout seasons three to seven. This quirky senior partner at Sterling Cooper is often seen wandering around the office in his socks due to his fondness for Japanese culture. Robert Morse puts on a superb performance as this aging advertising legend is forced to put Draper on a leave of absence due to his increasingly erratic behavior throughout season six. He also had a really great collection of bowties.
Robert Morse – Now
Born in 1931, Robert Morse had already enjoyed a long and illustrious acting and singing career before Mad Men was even written, let alone before it was set! He made his stage debut in 1949 and his film debut just seven years later. He’s not been resting on his laurels either. Since Mad Men finished, he has played Dominick Dunne in American Crime Story, Walter Hoving in Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal, not to mention returning to Broadway in 2016 and being involved in several documentaries.
Kiernan Shipka as Sally Beth Draper
Kiernan Shipka plays the troubled eldest daughter of Don and Betty Draper. While she is a minor character in the first couple of seasons, she plays a more significant role from season three onwards, as she reaches adolescence. Sally’s story is a fairly typical portrayal of a child from a broken home including abandonment issues, secret friendships, and underage IDs — which eventually leads to suspension from school. Her relationship with her mother finally improves in season seven following Betty’s cancer diagnosis.
Kiernan Shipka – Now
Born in 1999, Kiernan Shipka was just eight years old when she landed the role of Sally Beth Draper on Mad Men. Just before the show finished airing, Shipka was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time Magazine. Since Mad Men, Shipka has appeared in several TV shows, released a music video, and starred in several movies including The Silence opposite Stanley Tucci. Fans have also been able to watch her playing the lead role in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, since 2018.
Jared Harris as Lane Pryce
English actor Jared Harris plays the new English financial officer at Sterling Cooper. This financial whiz was recruited for the New York office by the new British parent company, following a buyout of Sterling Cooper in season three. He becomes a Mad Men regular throughout seasons four and five after negotiating his way into the new SCDP partnership. After liquidating his portfolio to pay for his share of the company, he gets into more trouble than he can handle with the British Inland Revenue.
Jared Harris – Now
Prior to his Mad Men fame, Jared Harris was already enjoying a very successful career, having appeared in several popular movies including Mr. Deeds, Lost in Space, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Resident Evil: Apocolypse. Following his character’s dramatic exit from Mad Men, Jared went on to several more popular TV shows including HBO’s Chernobyl and The Crown. He’s received multiple award nominations over the years and this year saw him winning “Best Actor” from the British Academy Television Awards.